Friday, July 22, 2016

BLT SANDWICHES WITH GARDEN FRESH TOMATOES

We sliced up some of those tomatoes from the garden...


Fried up some bacon...


Sliced up some lettuce...

BLT
Put it all on toasted bread and had the best BLT's ever.  One of our most favorite sandwiches...made ten times better with the wonderful tomatoes fresh from our garden.

TGIF!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A GIFT OF CANDIED JALAPENOS

Oh my, we are in love with these.  A very sweet lady who is a fan of the blog, and has her own farm (much farther along than us) sent this to us recently.  

It's a jar of homemade Candied Jalapeños.  

Candied Jalapeños
I've had some before but they were way too hot.  
These were just perfect!


Sweet, spicy, pickle-y (sometimes you have to make up the right word, ha) and just the right amount of heat.  We love that she used green AND red jalapeños, it makes for a vibrant display in the jar and on the plate.  

Speaking of plate...  

Candied Jalapeños with cream cheese and crackers
...there is nothing like having them served on top of cream cheese with some crackers (in this case, Triscuits).  OH. MY. GOSH.  They were so good.  

Anyone have any good recipes? 
 Can they be canned in a water bath and put up?


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TOMATO HORNWORMS OH MY

Noticed that a few leaves were stripped on one of the tomato plants and some fruit had parts eaten off.  I immediately started looking for critters...

Green Hornworm Caterpillar 
...and sure enough, I found one...

Tomato Hornworm
...and then two!   That was all though, I checked the plants thoroughly.  Ugh, I hate these things.  Masters of disguise and they are so creepy looking.  They can destroy a tomato plant.  I picked them off and "dispatched" them.  

They didn't do much damage from last weekend to this so I think I'm OK until next weekend.  I also saw a few red and black spidery looking bugs.  I had some spray on soap mix that I used on both plants and that seemed to take care of them, but I'll have to do some more research.

Anyone have any suggestions? 

Monday, July 18, 2016

WEEKEND HARVEST

Saturday was the day at the farm (we had family commitments Sunday). 
It was too hot to do much of anything but I could pick veggies!


Tomato plants were pretty full...


The herbs are growing by leaps and bounds...

Eggplant in raised bed
And what is this?  
Why it's an eggplant!  Almost ready, still a bit small...
The other plant in the same bed is a bit smaller and no blooms but hoping that changes soon.

Okra in raised bed
Here is the okra.  It's getting large.  The other plant in the bed is catching up too.  And of course, there are our perennial chives, ha!

Basket of Tomatoes and Jalapeños 
BEHOLD!  
This weeks haul of tomatoes and jalapeños!  We're going to have to have some meals where we can use fresh, yummy tomatoes.  I'm suggesting burgers later this week.  We'll see what happens!  

We're very happy with the garden this season, small though it may be.  The whole point of this season was to see if we could make it work.  We got a late start because of the rainy Spring but things are finally producing.  This gives us a hope for not only next year (when we can plant earlier since everything is set up and ready) but also for a Fall garden.  Might need to start planning that, take our mind off the hot weather.  

Off to eat some tomatoes!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

BREAKFAST GOODNESS

Sometimes...


simple...

Sausage links and homemade buttered biscuits
is best...

Saturday, July 16, 2016

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR HORSE DAY

We would be remiss if we forgot to post this.  It was National I Love Horses Day!   (or Love Your Horse Day as it's also known)  Who knew??  Well I bet horse lovers knew. We don't own a horse of course (insert Mr. Ed song here, LOL), but luckily for us, 2nd Family has Artax, the horse member of their family for about the last 15 years...


We love to see her in their back pasture (they rotate her from their front to their back) because that makes her in OUR front yard, ha.  

So today I stopped at the store and got her some carrots. I had to call her up to our end, but she came...


This is "her corner" where Ma, the former owner of our house and land, used to give her snacks.  She knew that I would have something...


"And where is it?"  
She seemed to be asking...


I cut them up and scattered them around on the ground just like Ma used to do in the same spot...


Can a horse smile?  
Because we sure think this one is!

HAPPY LOVE YOUR HORSE DAY!


BIRD ID AND OFF TO THE FARM

Saw this bird a couple weekends ago.  
Anyone know what it is? 

UPDATE:  Female cardinal!  
Thank you all!

Female cardinal in a tree
I'm off to the farm today, but most likely no mowing.  Will just do a few projects, see what the garden has to offer and come back.  The heat is just unbearable.  Our heat indexes are 105-108.  Not much we can do in that heat.   I would like to get the porch cleaned off, it's become a bit cluttered (for those with porches, is it just us? or does that happen on other porches? LOL).

Good time for some Fall planning as well!


Have a great day!  
More later!


Friday, July 15, 2016

WATERMELON IN THE SUMMER

YUM!

There is nothing that seems more "Summer in America" than watermelon. 

Crispy...sweet...


...bright pink and red...green and white rind...

Watermelon slices
...and juicy.  We love watermelon.  We'd like to grow some at the farm but it takes a bit of work and a lot of regular water, we'll have to focus on that later.  

I do have to admit that I'm torn between either watermelon or cantaloupe being my favorite.  2nd Man is more of a watermelon only person, I love both.  Never been a big honeydew melon fan though.

What about you?  Big watermelon fans?  
Any favorite way to eat it? 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

FLOWER BEDS AROUND HOUSE, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Flowerbed, image source, Southernlivng.com
OK...the other day, 2nd Man goes "hey, I found something for Inspiration Thursday....do you think we could someday do something like this around the house at the farm?" and then he showed me this picture.

Hmmm...looks amazing, of course, and the farmhouse is kind of "nekkid" (that's NAKED for those of you not from the South, HA!).  I'm not sure we could recreate this in it's entirety, but it's a template for something and that's why we save these pictures.  I like the freeform nature of something like this.  I'm currently started edging around the house and clearing the grass in what could be called "straight and narrow flower beds".  Just a straight line, with landscape timbers along the front, to have straight and long, rectangle flowerbeds around the front and sides of the house.  

We could layer like this in the space, or I could scrap the neat, long flowerbeds in lieu of something curving and seemingly random like this.  We'll see.  

Ain't nothing happening for a few months in this heat, THAT'S for sure, ha!

Be inspired!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AMISH MUSTARD EGGS RECIPE

Recently, Jaz over at OctoberFarm posted about making Amish Mustard Eggs.  We've never heard of them but they looked wonderful.  So I did some Googling and found lnfo about them.  Pickled eggs!  Who knew?

It couldn't be easier!

Ingredients for Amish Pickled Mustard Eggs
Boil eggs.  We boiled a dozen but ate a few so there were 9 left (and conveniently, our jar held all 9).  The rest of ingredients are spices and seasonings, yellow mustard, vinegar and sugar, and a sliced onion (optional).


Turmeric, salt, mustard seed, celery seed, and cloves.


Put into a saucepan with 2 cups of vinegar, 1/2 cup water, yellow mustard and sugar.  Heat to a boil and let simmer until sugar is dissolved, set aside to cool.


Put your eggs in a container that has a lid.  You aren't canning these, they just stay in your fridge while you eat them.  Here is when you can add the onions, sliced up or you can add sliced carrots, whatever veggie you think you'd like pickled along with the eggs.  


Pour the liquid over the eggs in the jar and put in the fridge.


Let it sit for at least 24 hours.  

We left ours for about 4 days.  Every day or so, I would gently turn the jar upside down a couple of times to allow all the ingredients to mix well.


Then we opened the jar...

Amish Mustard Eggs
...and sliced them up!  They are a beautiful color.  Bright yellow.  We spooned some of the pickling liquid over them to add flavor.  We loved them!  2nd Man said they tasted like eating a deviled egg, a little sweet, a little mustardy...only it's all in a hard boiled egg.  

These would definitely be stunning on a platter at a dinner party and a conversation starter for sure.  Try them, we hope you'll like them!

Ingredients:

2 cups white vinegar
3 Tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp mustard seed
6 whole cloves (not ground)
1 Tbsp celery seed
1/4 tsp turmeric (adds a unique flavor and lots of color)
Hard boiled eggs, peeled (this makes enough pickling liquid for a dozen)

Thanks OctoberFarm for introducing us to them!  They will be on regular rotation at the old homestead here! 

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    LOOK WHAT I WON

    One of our local TV stations was giving away some Red Cross Deluxe Emergency kits for the beginning of Hurricane Season.  You could enter online daily and so most nights, while watching the news and getting the reminder, I would enter.

    Red Cross Deluxe Emergency Kit
    I kind of forgot about it for a bit.  Then the other day I got an email that said I was chosen as a winner!  

    WOO HOO!


    Above is a picture of what all it comes with...including a backpack filled with all sorts of items.  A first aid kit, bags of drinking water and ration bars, a crank radio, flashlight, duct tape, and more...even a collapsible 3 gallon water bag.  

    We'll keep this in town for emergencies, since we have a lot of supplies at the farm, plus I'm working on a better first aid kit for the farm as well.

    We've ordered some cool things for that at Amazon and will have that in an upcoming post.  Of course today is the second annual AMAZON PRIME DAY.  We're hoping for some great deals for some of the rest of the supplies we need as this is supposed to be the Amazon equivalent of Black Friday.  We'll see, ha.

    This is a pretty neat giveaway that they provided to viewers and so we'd like to say thank you to the Red Cross and thank you to KHOU.com News for sponsoring it.